The Yolo HCP/NCCP requires the Conservancy to maintain a list of qualified biologists who may complete work related to the Yolo HCP/NCCP for a five-year period. Qualified biologists will conduct several types of surveys and monitoring related to the Yolo HCP/NCCP, including species surveys, planning-level habitat surveys, preconstruction surveys, construction monitoring, and effectiveness monitoring conducted on the reserve system. Qualified biologists have the experience, education, and training necessary to perform the tasks described in the Yolo HCP/NCCP accurately and in an unbiased fashion. Interested biologists must provide the Conservancy with credentials that demonstrate he or she has an understanding of the monitoring protocols, data collection techniques, and handling procedures for the covered species. The Conservancy will keep resumes of the qualified biologists on file. The following is a list of qualified biologists approved by the Conservancy:
Qualified biologist training must be in the field to which the task is related. A biologist may not perform a covered plant survey or delineate land cover types for a project application, for example, unless the individual is competent in those fields. If the task has the potential to result in take of covered species (e.g., handling a California tiger salamander, establishing perimeters around an active nest or burrows, or conducting the effectiveness monitoring described in Section 6.5, Monitoring and Adaptive Management), the biologist must have the appropriate valid permits or authorizations from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the species they are monitoring.
The Conservancy has completed review of applications for 2019 and will resume reviewing applications in late January 2020. Applications will only be reviewed for individuals that are associated with with a project that requires HCP/NCCP coverage.